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Traffic Backs Up As Pitt Students Move In

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OAKLAND (KDKA) – There were lots of traffic delays around Oakland Tuesday as thousands of freshmen set up shop at the University of Pittsburgh.

The streets were busier than usual with Pitt welcoming 7,200 students this week.

Freshman began moving in on Tuesday and will continue to file in on Wednesday.

“It’s kind of hard packing away your life and putting it all in boxes and having to move places, but it’s been good,” Kelly Lartz said.

The packing up was the easy part for a lot of students and their parents.

However, getting onto campus and navigating around blocked off roads was tough for people not familiar with the city.

“We actually came from a hotel that was right down the street but I feel like even just looping around to get to here took a long time,” Staci Zsilavecz said.

Student volunteers helping out said although it can get hectic at times, overall, the process has been pretty smooth.

“It seems crazier than it actually is. Everything is pretty organized here so it’s one of those things that seems like a bigger task than it actually ends up being,” Emily Ahdieh said.

“It’s very organized here. We make sure everyone knows that they are doing, where to go, keep it smooth,” Maura Gustine said.

Move-in is not a one day event at Pitt. No parking signs are up for Tuesday along Bigelow Boulevard, but under those signs new signs for restrictions beginning tomorrow through Friday.

What can you expect for the rest of the week and into the weekend?

You will likely face congestion on both Forbes and Fifth.

Bigelow Boulevard will be closed tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and then from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Lothrop Street will be off limits between Fifth and Victoria Way from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Thursday and then 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

There will also be restrictions on University Drive B near Aliquippa Street and on Ruskin Avenue.

However, if you can avoid Oakland altogether, that may be best option.

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